Matilda Violet Bleakley lived at 8 Thorndyke Street, Belfast. She was the wife of Thomas William Bleakley. The couple shared the small terraced house with Matilda’s sister Mary Ann Crotty.
The Easter Blitz
Matilda died when the roof of the Thorndyke Street public air raid shelter collapsed. Many of those inside the shelter died on 15th – 16th April 1941. She was 50 years old.
Mrs Bleakley was the daughter of William Crotty and Elizabeth Crotty. Her sister Mary Ann Crotty also lost her life in the shelter that night.